Wiping Out Germs, Odors and Insects In Aircraft Cabins

Passengers can rest easier thanks to products that target maximum cleanliness in cabin air, water and surfaces.

Printed headline: Clean Cabins

1. Protective Paint

Company: Mankiewicz


Specifications: Earlier this year, German paint manufacturer Mankiewicz released a second generation of its Alexit PureGuard interior paint with antimicrobial additives. The company says antimicrobial agents help ensure the hygiene of aircraft surfaces such as lavatories or meal trays by hindering the spread of mold and unpleasant odors. Alexit PureGuard is available in a range of colors and also comes as a clearcoat, which can be applied to most surfaces or substrates without adversely affecting their appearance. Mankiewicz also says Alexit PureGuard is compliant with the strictest flame/smoke toxicity demands of the aviation industry.

MR-LINKS-CabinCleaning_2_Permagard.jpg2. Innovative Insecticide

Company: Permagard

Specifications: Permagard has debuted what it says is the first amorphous silica gel-based bed bug exterminator approved for the aviation industry. Bed Bug Killer consists of silica gel dust, which is applied in areas of the aircraft cabin where bed bugs are known to hide. The product kills the insects via dehydration, which Permagard says offers time and cost advantages over traditional heat and chemical treatments that the insects have become increasingly resistant to. Bed Bug Killer is currently being deployed by an Australian carrier and has been approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority. Permagard is working with agents in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East to distribute the product in accordance with international import regulations.

3. Self-Cleaning Lavatory

Company: Boeing

Specifications: Boeing is working on a self-cleaning lavatory concept that combines hands-free technology and ultraviolet (UV) light to ensure maximum cleanliness. The Boeing Clean Cabin Fresh Lavatory uses safe-for-humans Far-UV light, which would be activated when the lavatory is unoccupied and would disinfect all surfaces in just 3 sec. In addition to a toilet seat that would lift and close automatically, the design includes a hands-free faucet, soap dispenser, trash flap and hand dryer. The concept was a winner in the 2016 Crystal Cabin Awards, and Boeing is hoping to create a kit for both line maintenance and retrofitting, although the company is not sharing updates at this time.

4. Clean Onboard Water

Company: AeroSafe


Specifications: AeroSafe’s Purogene product has been providing antimicrobial protection to onboard water systems for more than 25 years. The certified organic, broad-spectrum antimicrobial kills bacteria, fungi and viruses via oxidation. AeroSafe says Purogene prevents sludge and organic buildup in lavatory systems and does not impart a chemical taste to onboard drinking water. Purogene is approved for use by most major airframe manufacturers, and the company says it is used by all major airlines.

5. Improving Air Quality

Company: Panasonic Avionics Corp.


Specifications: Launched as part of Panasonic Avionics Corp.’s Wellness solution in September 2018, Nanoe Air Cleanser uses electrified water nanoparticles that are 15,000 times finer than the width of human hair to improve air quality and reduce odors. The nanoparticles are able to deodorize the cabin and neutralize airborne and surface bacteria, viruses, mold and pet allergens. Panasonic says the Nanoe modules are small and easily embedded within premium seating, lounge areas, galleys and lavatories. While showcasing the technology at CES in January, Panasonic told Inside MRO that Nanoe is being sold to customers now and is slated for a 2020 launch.

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